Amore Tutto Vince (4/?)
Summary: Damian asks Luke to take care of his business when a shady business deal lands him in jail
Disclaimer: I own nothing
He hadn’t expected it to happen so soon, which is why Reid panicked when he woke up alone save for several locks of blonde hair on Luke’s pillow. Reid threw off the covers and padded over to the bathroom. Sure enough, a sliver of light was peeking out from under the bathroom door. He knocked quietly on the door and received a tearful “go away” in response. Reid tried to open the door, but it was locked. “Luke, please open the door,” Reid begged.
Reid sighed. He needed reinforcements. Reid silently backed away from the door and headed into the living room. Then he picked up the phone and dialed Lily’s number.
“Hello?” answered a groggy Lily.
“Hi Lily,” Reid replied.
“Reid? Oh my God, what’s wrong?” Lily asked, immediately panicking.
“Nothing’s wrong… well nothing serious. I’m sorry if I woke you up, I just didn’t know what else to do. I woke up this morning and found some of Luke’s hair on the bed and…” Reid began rambling.
“Say no more. I’ll be over in fifteen minutes,” Lily interrupted. Reid sighed in relief.
True to her word, Lily showed up at Reid and Luke’s apartment fifteen minutes later. Reid had been pacing the floor when he heard the doorbell ring. He threw open the door and stepped aside so Lily could enter. “Where is he?” she asked.
“In the master bathroom,” Reid replied. “I just… he wouldn’t let me in and I didn’t know what to do…”
“Reid, it’s okay. I’ll take care of it. He’ll be fine,” Lily said reassuringly. She patted Reid on the arm and hurried to the master bedroom.
Luke looked up when he heard a knock on the door. “I said go away, Reid!”
“It’s mom, baby,” Lily called back. Luke scrambled to his feet and opened the door. He stood in front of his mom with a chunk of hair in his hand and his eyes immediately welled up with fresh tears. “Oh honey,” Lily said, pulling Luke into a hug.
Luke sobbed into his mother’s neck. “M-my h-hair,” he blubbered.
“I know, Luke,” Lily said, rubbing her son’s back.
“H-how did you know?”
“Reid called me,” Lily explained. “C’mon.” Lily slowly stepped forward while Luke took a step back. Then Lily close the door and sat her son on the edge of the bathtub. She walked over to the sink and grabbed the comb next to Luke’s tooth brush. Lily sat down next to Luke and instructed him to close her eyes. Luke complied and Lily began combing through her son’s hair, allowing his locks to fall to the floor.
Once she was finished, Lily got up and looked under the sink for a trashcan. “Keep your eyes closed,” she said as she began putting Luke’s hair in the trash. Then she went to the door and opened it. As she suspected, Reid was standing right outside. She handed the trash can to Reid.
“How is he?” Reid whispered.
“He’ll be okay. But we should probably throw this out somewhere out of sight,” Lily replied. Reid looked at her in confusion and looked down.
“Oh,” Reid said when he saw the hair. “Okay, I’ll uh… go throw this out in the outside trash,” Reid said. He turned to go and Lily went back into the bathroom.
“You can open them now,” Lily said.
Luke opened his eyes and looked at his mother. “I hate this,” he whimpered.
“I know, baby,” Lily replied. She sat back down next to her son and pulled him into a hug. “It’s going to be okay.”
Luke sighed and reached up to run a hand over his head. His breath hitched and Luke immediately burst into fresh tears. Lily frowned and stroked the back of Luke’s neck. “Luke, it’s hair. It will grow back,” she murmured.
“B-but m-my hair,” Luke sobbed. “I l-love m-my hair.”
Lily chuckled quietly. “I know you do. But if it’s any consolation, you have a beautifully shaped head.”
“It’s not,” Luke sniffled. Lily sighed and kissed Luke’s forehead. “Why did this happen to me?”
“I don’t know baby. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and it’s not fair. But you need to lean on the people who care about you for support. You have your family and friends who will support you,” Lily answered. “And a husband who has barely left your side since you were diagnosed.”
“Oh God,” Luke groaned. “Reid. I d-don’t want him t-to see m-me like th-this,” Luke cried. “I need to put on a h-hoodie.”
“Luke, he isn’t going to care.”
“I do,” Luke said.
Lily sighed. She knew she wasn’t going to get her son back to bed if she didn’t get his sweatshirt for him. “Okay baby. Where is your sweatshirt?”
“Closet,” Luke answered. Lily nodded and patted Luke’s knee.
“All right, I will go get it,” Lily replied. She got up and went in search of Luke’s sweatshirt. Once she found it, Lily went back to the bathroom. She discovered Luke in front of the mirror, frowning. “Luke?”
“I look terrible,” Luke said.
“I think you look very handsome,” Lily argued. Luke looked away from the mirror and at his mother. Lily handed Luke his sweatshirt and he pulled it over his head, keeping the hood on. “Okay. Now back to bed with you.”
“Okay,” Luke said. He shuffled out of the bathroom and crawled into bed. Lily sat down next to him and stroked his forehead.
“Everything is going to be okay, sweetie. I need to get to work now. Will you be okay?” Lily asked.
“Yeah,” Luke mumbled.
“All right then. If you need anything, please call me. And try not to shut your husband out. He really loves you.”
“I know. Thank you for coming, mom.”
“Anything for you, honey,” Lily replied. She leaned forward to kiss Luke’s forehead. Then she got up and left the room.
Reid was sitting on the couch with his head in his hands. Lily sat down next to him. “Hey,” she said. Reid sat up and looked at Lily.
“Is he okay?”
“No, but he will be,” Lily said.
“Thank you so much for coming over, Lily. I just… I know how attached Luke is to his hair and I didn’t know what to do,” Reid said.
“I get it. How are you doing?” Lily asked.
“I’m okay… I guess,” Reid replied.
“You guess?” Lily asked.
“I feel helpless and that’s not a feeling I do,” Reid answered. “It’s frustrating that I can’t do anything to help him.”
“But you are doing something to help him. You’re staying by his side every chance you get and loving him.”
Reid shrugged. “I guess.”
“Well I hope you know you can call on me whenever you need a break,” Lily offered. “Do you have anyone you can talk to about what you’re feeling?”
“Katie,” Reid responded.
“Good. Talk to her. Well I need to go to work. Call me if you need anything,” Lily said, standing up.
“Will do. Thank you, Lily.”
“Anytime.” Lily grabbed her purse and headed out the door. Once she left, Reid went into the bedroom. Luke was in bed with the covers pulled up over his head. Reid crawled into bed next to husband and tried to draw the covers back.
“Don’t look at me,” Luke yelped, grabbing at the covers.
“Luke, come on,” Reid begged. Talk to me.”
“My mom combed out all of my hair,” Luke mumbled underneath the covers.
“I know, babe,” Reid replied.
“I look terrible,” Luke moaned.
“I’m sure you look sexy as always,” Reid said.
“No I don’t,” Luke replied. “My hair is gone. I loved my hair.”
“I know you did. But it’s just hair.” Wrong thing to say. Luke threw back the covers and stared at Reid. Reid knew he needed to tread carefully, but he struggled not to laugh. Luke looked absolutely ridiculous with a hoodie pulled over his head.
“It’s not just hair! And it’s not funny,” Luke growled.
“I’m not laughing!” Reid said, holding up his hands defensively.
“You are about to!”
“Okay, I’m sorry. But Luke, you look ridiculous with your hood on like that,” Reid said. He made to remove the hood from Luke’s head but Luke covered his head with his hands.
“Don’t! I don’t want you to see how unattractive I look,” Luke cried.
“Luke, I would still find you sexy if you had a unibrow and zits all over your face,” Reid said. Then he noticed the sweat beading on Luke’s forehead. “You need to take this hoodie off. You’re going to make your body temperature go up and I can already tell you’re feverish.”
“How can you tell that?”
“Your face is flushed,” Reid began. He put a hand on the exposed part of Luke’s forehead. “And your skin is on fire. You need to take this off.”
“Luke, I know you don’t want me to see, but you are burning up. Fever can be a side effect of chemotherapy and you definitely have one.”
“Reid,” Luke whined.
Reid knew how stubborn Luke could be and hated himself for what he was about to do. But it needed to be done; Luke couldn’t afford to get a high fever. “God Damn it, Luke! I don’t give a fuck about your hair! Your health is more important. Take off the fucking hoodie,” Reid said in an angry tone. Luke looked at his husband with pain and shock. Reid hadn’t spoken to him that way since he first came to Oakdale. Reid’s heart clenched at the look on Luke’s face. His countenance softened. “I’m sorry,” he whispered.
“I don’t want you to think I’m ugly,” Luke whispered back.
“I promise I won’t. Please take off the hoodie,” Reid begged. Luke took a shuttering breath and sat up. Then he pulled the hoodie off. Reid looked at Luke and smiled. “There now. You have a very nice head.”
Luke immediately buried his face in Reid’s chest and started to sob again. Reid’s stomach rolled but he ignored it and wrapped his arms tightly around his husband. “You’re going to be okay. Just let it out.” Slowly, Luke’s sobs began to subside as he cried himself to sleep.
Reid gently disentangled himself from Luke and went into the bathroom to grab a thermometer. Then he came back to the bedroom and gently eased the thermometer in Luke’s mouth. When it beeped, Reid took a look at the temperature reading and sighed in relief. Luke only had a fever of 101 degrees. But just in case, Reid went back into the bathroom to wet a cloth. Then he headed over the bed and gently rolled Luke onto his back. Reid pulled down the comforter so Luke was covered only by a sheet and folded the cloth in order to place it over Luke’s forehead.